In the hands of a master musician such as Jim Stevens, the saxophone can shout the blues… touch the soul… and pack a dance floor with enthusiastic fans grooving to an irresistible, funky rhythm that just won’t quit.
Born in the St. Louis area, Jim Stevens has built a reputation as one of the most in-demand, exciting artists in the Midwest. Driven by Jim’s virtuoso and aggressive saxophone playing, his set features a crowd-pleasing mix of music by some of the greatest soul, blues, rock and jazz musicians – from B.B. King, Al Green, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder… as well as music from the Jim Stevens’ latest CD, "Summertime".
Jim Stevens' ability to connect with audiences through his music is the result of a combination of technical virtuosity and practical experience learned through years of performances at clubs, festivals and concert halls.
After graduating from high school, Jim attended North Texas State University, where he played with the famed 3 O'Clock Jazz Big Band. After returning to St. Louis, he started a band called "The Bottom Line" that appeared in the movie "White Palace." Jim added to his impressive resume by playing with the Four Tops and Temptations as well appearing with Peter Mayer (guitarist with Jimmy Buffett) at the Superdome in New Orleans. There, the Peter Mayer Group played to crowds in excess of 38,000. Recently, Jim has also performed on stage with Alex Ligertwood (former lead vocalist with Santana and the Average White Band), David Garfield (keyboardist with George Benson), guitarist Larry Coryell and Yellowjackets drummer, Will Kennedy.
Jim has also performed in Nashville, Indianapolis, Cleveland, New Orleans, Memphis and many other cities around the United States and has added his dynamic saxophone sound to recordings by Peter Mayer, Javier Mendoza, John Patti and Pat Liston (Mama's Pride), among many others.
For Jim Stevens, it comes down to the music – always!
“After many years of playing music,” states Jim, “I am still constantly amazed at the connection an artist can make with their audience. Music is truly the language of the soul.”
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